Riverside wave making
The region's spring boat show is back again this year, with a few wrinkles.
For one, the Charleston In-Water Boat Show will be produced by JBM and Associates, the same group that's organized the widely popular Charleston Boat Show each January at the Charleston Area Convention Center.
Also, the Tri-County Marine Trade Association - made up of major local boat dealers - will be the host.
This year's show will take place April 25-27 at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston.
Pitched as "Come Celebrate Life on the Water," the Friday-Sunday show will provide slips for all types of boat sizes and offer "gorgeous" harbor views, according to the show website.
Organizers are promoting the Lowcountry for its visitor appeal and proximity to the ocean and rivers. They note that Charleston was the "number one tourist destination by Conde Nast Traveler in 2013. Charleston is a magical city, surrounded by water and beautiful beaches."
According to promoters, the Charleston In-Water Boat Show "promises to deliver the ultimate boating experience. Boats of every make and model will be displayed, at sale prices and with strong manufacturers' rebates and other incentives."
Hilton Head concours waxes international
The show's still months away, but supporters have already lined up top collectors for the 2014 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance.
The Pinnacle collectors are Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, N.J., who are expected to display a vintage soft top that won the 2013 Best of Show at the super-prestigious Pebble Beach Concours.
Honored collectors will be William and Christine Snyder of Hudson, Ohio, who also "will be recognized as key contributors to Hilton Head Island's success," organizers said.
The 13th edition of the motoring festival and concours will be Oct. 24-Nov. 2.
"We wanted to recognize the Cassinis as this year's standout collectors for their contributions to the collector hobby and the Snyders for their personal, ongoing support of the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance," said Carolyn Vanagel, the festival's president.
"With invitations accepted, we couldn't be more pleased with the two incredible collections we will be highlighting this year," she said.
The Cassini couple plan to showcase three cars in the Pinnacle Collector exhibit, including the 1934 Packard Convertible Victoria that won at Pebble Beach.
"The Packard Twelve was one of the fastest cars money could buy," organizers said, with a 445.5 cubic inch displacement engine producing 160 horsepower and 322 pounds/feet of torque.
They also intend to show an exceedingly rare 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster and a "thoroughbred of Italian motorcars of its day," a 1927 Isotta Fraschini A S Roadster.
The Snyders, as honored collectors, will display five models. They are:
-1930 Stutz MB/SC, among just 10 supercharged Stutz cars ever built.
-1931 Packard 845, one of a handful with a Rollston-built body style.
-1954 Chevrolet Corvette equipped with both soft top and removable hard top.
-1963 Ford Shorty. It was one of 10 pre-production chassis for the Mustang, to debut the next year.
-1966 Ford Shelby GT 350, which had an advertised time for 0-60 mph of 7.3 seconds and top speed of 124 mph.
Tickets for the 2014 Motoring Festival are on sale at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com.